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Music Video artwork are images directly related to an Artist or an Album. The images are, preferably, of high quality, that are displayed when viewing the Album or Artist entry in the library. The Music Video section in Kodi is able to display four types of artwork. This page will describe the different types of artwork available in the Music Video category of Kodi.

It is important to note the following:

  • In previous versions of Kodi and in older wiki pages, the term Thumbnails was used to describe Artwork. Kodi has now moved away from referring to thumbnails due to the amount of confusion it caused users.
  • While high resolution images do look impressive on HDTV's it is important to be aware that the increased artwork size can negatively affect low powered hardware.



Contents

1 Requirements

1.1 Understanding the Music Video Library

  • The Music Video library is part of the Video Library (MyVideos???.db) and not the Music Library (MyMusic??.db)
  • There is limited functionality for the Music Video Library, and there are no skins that handle Extended Artwork
  • There are no add-ons that allow extended artwork
  • The online scraper source is TheAudioDB site.
See alsoThe AudioDB


1.2 Adding Music to Library


2 Basic Music Artwork

The artwork in the Basic section is the only artwork displayed by the default skin Estuary with a standard install.

Note the following:

  • The following naming schemes apply only to the artwork you have manually sourced and saved. It does not apply to artwork downloaded by the Kodi scraper or any add-on processes.
  • To ensure auto-scraping of local artwork, the music video files must be correctly named and saved as detailed in this section.
  • The Music Video images have the same properties as those for Music. If you have an Artist and/or Album that appears in both the Music library and the Music Video library, it would be time efficient to use the same images in both libraries.
  • All images are cached. See: Artwork#Cache


2.1 Artist Image

Artwork-MusicArtist01.jpg

The Artist Image is also known as Poster, Artist Thumb or just Thumb. They are high quality images of the artist or band members. The image to the right is displaying the Artist Image using the Infowall view in Estuary.

Kodi will not automatically scrape the Artist Image. The Artist image must be manually added as described below.

Required file properties:
Note: The resolution may be increased but ensure the aspect ratio is maintained

File Type Aspect Ratio Resolution- recommended
*.jpg or *.png 1:1 1000x1000

Naming and Saving conventions for your own manually sourced artwork:

Music saved as File Name Save name & location example
\MusicVideos\filename <Artist>-folder.jpg (or *.png) f:\MusicVideos\ABBA-folder.jpg (or *.png) - **Kodi will not scrape Artist Image


2.1.1 Manually Adding Artist Artwork

From within Kodi, you have the ability to manually change the artwork at any time as follows:

  1. Highlight the Artist whose artwork you would like to add or change.
  2. Call up the Context Menu. (Image 1)
  3. Select Set artist thumb. (Image 1)
  4. Select Browse to navigate to the location of the image on your local or network drives. (Image 2)
  5. Select the desired artwork. Once selected it will be automatically applied and return to the Artist listing.


2.2 Fanart- Video Clip

Artwork-MusicFanart01.jpg

Fanart, also known as Wallpapers, Backdrops or Backgrounds, are images that have, in most cases, been created by fans.

For Kodi, it means digital images, of high quality, that are used as full screen displays to enhance the user experience. The fanart displays the artist or band.

The image to the right is a typical example of music fanart. It is specifically designed to match the 16:9 ratio of current generation televisions and monitors. This allows the screen to be completely filled by the image.

Each Music Video file can have its own Fanart image. This means that if you have a number of Music Video's from one artist, each can have its own individual fanart image.

Required file properties:
Note: The resolution may be increased but ensure the aspect ratio is maintained

File Type Aspect Ratio Resolution- recommended
*.jpg or png 16:9 1920x1080

Naming and Saving conventions for your own manually sourced artwork:

Music saved as File Name Save name & location example
\MusicVideos\filename <Artist> - <Song>-fanart.jpg (or *.png) f:\MusicVideos\ABBA - Dancing Queen-fanart.jpg (or *.png)


2.3 Album Poster

Artwork-MusicAlbum01.jpg

The album Poster is also known as the Album Thumb, Album Cover, Cover or Thumb within Kodi. They are high quality images of the Album cover. The image to the right is displaying the album images using the Infowall view in Estuary.

Required file properties:
Note: The resolution may be increased but ensure the aspect ratio is maintained

File Type Aspect Ratio Resolution- recommended
*.jpg or png 1:1.5 1000x1500 also
*.jpg or png 1:1.1 1000x1000

Naming and Saving conventions for your own manually sourced artwork:

Music saved as File Name Save name & location example
\MusicVideos\filename <Artist> - <Song>-poster.jpg (or *.png) f:\MusicVideos\ABBA - Dancing Queen-poster.jpg (or *.png)


2.3.1 Manually Adding Music Video Artwork

  1. Select the Music Video whose artwork you would like to add or change.
  2. Call up the Information page. (Image 1)
  3. You are presented with a choice of which artwork to modify. (Image 2)
  4. Selecting Poster will present the page as seen in Image 3
  5. Selecting Fanart will present the page as seen in Image 4
  6. From either of these pages you can navigate to the image location.
  7. Select the desired artwork. Once selected you are returned to image 2. To exit simply back out of the screen. There is no option to press ok or confirm


2.4 Source Folder Artwork

Artwork-VideoFolder01.jpg

The Folder Artwork, also known as Source Folder thumb, can be landscape, portrait or square images that are used to replace the standard folder icons when browsing your music sources in the files section. You will not see this artwork in the Music menu. This image file is saved directly within the Source directory.

To enable the image, navigate to Music>Files in the menu system. Highlight a source and call up the Context Menu. Select Choose Thumbnail. If you have saved the image in the correct location, it will be available to select immediately. If not, you will need to navigate to locate and select it. The image must remain in its original location once selected as it will not be cached. Deleting the image will remove it from view in the folder icon.

You are able to also apply the folder thumb by modifying the \userdata\sources.xml as follows

<source>
   <name>music videos</name>
   <path>xbms://192.168.1.100:1400/MusicVideos/</path>
   <thumbnail>F:\MusicVideos\folder.jpg</thumbnail>
</source>

Required file properties:
Note: The resolution may be increased but ensure the aspect ratio is maintained

File Type Aspect Ratio Resolution- recommended
*.jpg 16:9 640x360
*.jpg 1:1.5 400x600
*.jpg 1:1 500x500

Naming conventions for your own manually sourced artwork:

Source File Name Save name & location example
Folder Artwork: folder.jpg f:\Music\folder.jpg
Alternative name: <foldername>.jpg f:\Musc\Music.jpg


3 Correct Naming Example

The below image shows an example of correct naming and placement of the artwork alongside the nfo file and the Music Video file.



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